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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; 1st. Edition : 1st. Printing edition (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370328396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370328393
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.4 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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"Shirley Hughes has created a new kind of non-fiction with this combination of sketchbook and history book . . . The ecleticism of the drawings inescapably places the grave and the frivolous side by side, but the book offers not only a useful timeline but also a valuable guide to how history used to look" (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)

"There is much to reflect on . . . This is a fascinating book for children and adults" (Kate Agnew Guardian)

"A fascinating personal selection . . . One for the whole family to talk about" (Carousel)

"Richly narrative paintings and finely observed line illustrations are interwoven with fascinating details, capturing the atmosphere of an extraordinarily exciting era" (Good Book Guide)

"Brings the past to life in a new way" (Julia Eccleshare Front Row, BBC Radio 4)

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This wonderful gift book covers the most exciting, innovative period in history, featuring everything from the invention of the vacuum cleaner and bra to the splitting of the atom and the first computers.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2007
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I have just ordered this as a school prize for someone in my class. It is absolutely stunning! The scrapbook pages are a real insight into the era and the paintings are amazing.

For those who have lived through part of the era covered, it must bring back loads of memories. It would be an ideal coffee table book! For those of us who have heard about it, or have studied it, it is a delight!

Buy it, and enjoy.

(By the way - note added later - the youngsters who received it as a School prize have reported back that they loved it and spent a good deal of time perusing the fascinating pages!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. Hunnisett on 9 July 2009
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This follows the history of the 20th century with wonderful illustrations of social life. Shirley's work centres on people and vividly conveys their feelings. Many of these focus on the meanings and feelings around meals - from a mug of tea in the trenches to Sunday lunch with the in-laws. Also specially interesting to people who know the area around Liverpool as Shirley is a daughter of T J Hughes of the department store and her work is coloured by knowing this coast.
A delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Wren on 12 Oct 2012
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I bought this book originally for my (adult) sister who is an artist. Then purchased another for myself! It's a beautifully produced book with interesting information on the decades of the period. The little sketches are a delight.
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a brush with the past 27 April 2008
By Maryellen Rumsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this is a wonderful book! I used it as "another reference" for a talk I gave to a large women's literary group entitled," Woman Illustrators of Children's Books". Shirley Hughes does endearing and heartwarming work ----- ask most any picture reading Mom and Dad not to mention their lucky children. This book took you from Ms. Hughes's childhood (it is basically an autobiography) through to the present concerning her start in illustrating and inserted along the way are typically wonderful double page Shirley Hughes illustrations covering the time span from approximately 1927 until now. Delightful! Especially when you grew up in that timeframe yourself! I'm ten years younger but experienced much the same history. A delightful read and the illustrations alone make it a book to treasure. Now what I REALLY want is one of her prints-----I'm saving my pennies!
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Beautiful book with lots of history of author and the times. 27 Aug 2013
By historyhound - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Anyone familiar with Shirley Hughes children's books will love this book. Not only do you learn about her life but a wonderful exposure to lots of details of life in England and western world during this time period. My daughters 24 to 12 years old have enjoyed reading and I wish to share with my grandchildren!
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